Local residents have their say on proposals for the Old Post Office site

Residents were invited to a special meeting of Kingston Council’s Development Control Committee to express their views on proposals for the Old Post Office site in Ashdown Road, Kingston.

At the Development Control Committee meeting on 2 June 2015, the developer, St George plc, presented their latest proposed scheme featuring 360 residential units along with retail, office and community space to members of the public and elected Members.

Development Control Committee Chair, Councillor Richard Hudson, said:

“These ‘developer presentation meetings’ are new for Kingston. The Committee was not meeting to make a formal decision on the application, as would normally be the case. Instead it was an opportunity for the developer to present their ideas and seek the views of elected Members and local residents.

“In the past, pre-application discussions and presentations would have typically taken place between council officers and developers behind closed doors. This council is determined to introduce more transparency into the planning process and give local people the opportunity to get involved and help shape large scale proposals.

“I am delighted that so many people attended last night’s meeting and that they had an opportunity to share their views with council officers and elected Members.  It is no surprise that the debate was passionate and at times heated - these are issues that really matter to local people. I hope the developer, Committee Members and objectors found it informative and useful. I firmly believe it will assist the Committee in coming to a really well informed decision on the application.”

The proposal includes the construction of new buildings ranging from four to 19 storeys in height as well as the part demolition, alterations and change of use of the former Post Office and former Telephone Exchange buildings.

A copy of the Committee Papers, Minutes and an audio recording from the Committee Meeting will be available in Council and democracy.